26-28 February 2018
Location TBC
USA

Day One
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Day Two
Thursday, February 23, 2017

08:00
Registration & Networking

08:50
Chair’s Opening Remarks

Enhancing Productivity Through the Microbiome: Applications to Feed the World

09:00
Designing Biotechnological Strategies to Alleviate Stress Factors on Crop Productivity

Synopsis

  • The role of signalling in plant perception of environmental stress
  • How do we better understand the plant-microbe interactions under stress conditions?
  • Evaluating the application of available ‘omic’ and sequencing approaches, to sophisticate interaction understanding

09:30
Application of Methylobacteria in the Agro-Ecosystem

Synopsis

  • What direct and indirect interactions should be considered when addressing the relationship between methylotrophs and host plants
  • Efficient and cost-effective cultivation of methylobacterium species
  • Looking at the role of methylotrophs as products for viable agriculture practices

10:00
New Microbial Products for BioControl

Synopsis

  • Exploring a new pipeline with leads against multiple biocontrol targets
  • Highlighting innovation in efficacy, field performance and cost to make biocontrol products more readily available
  • How to further induce growth within a burgeoning biocontrol market

10:30
Bio-YIELD®: Delivering the Freshest Microbes to the Field

Synopsis

  • Beyond the research lab, industry needs more consistent field performance using beneficial microbes
  • Novel delivery approach activates microbes at the point of use, short-cutting supply chain mortality issues
  • Opens the door for many beneficial microbes proven in research but never successfully commercialized to make it to the field

11:00
Morning Refreshments & Networking

11:40
Development of Novel Biopesticides and Traits from the Soil and Crop Microbiome

Synopsis

  • Efficacy and formulations are key to market acceptance of biopesticides; microbiome research allows access to efficacious microbes that we otherwise might never discover

Exploiting Endophytes for Agricultural Systems

12:10
Bio-Boom: Integration of Fungal Endophytes for Improved Crop Production

Synopsis

  • Discussing the discovery of fungal endophyte in wild plants
  • Testing the role of unknown endophytes in improving crop productivity
  • Looking at examples of fungal endophytes that have improved tomato production and flavour

12:40
Mitigating Climate Change with Fungal Endophytes: Drought, Temperature and Salinity Management Methods

Synopsis

  • Why microbial inoculation will optimize current genetic engineering/plant breeding methods
  • Evaluating cost effective methodology for generating abiotic stress tolerant crops
  • Adapting knowledge to a changing environment

13:10
Lunch & Networking

Disentangling Signaling Complexities in the Plant Microbiome

14:10
How Plant Signaling Molecules can Enhance Microbial Products Performance

Synopsis

  • Peptides, through signaling plants physiological pathways and trigging plant innate
    system, support plants defense against biotic and abiotic stress and provide resistance
    management to microbials
  • Peptides provide additive and synergistic performance for the microbial products as they
    enable plants to better utilize nutrients and other chemistry produced by the microbes
  • Peptides enhancement of plant’s yield through benign mode of action strongly supports
    sustainable agriculture

Cross-Learning From the Human & Animal Microbiomes

14:40
Better Understanding of Microbiome Changes in relation to Diet and Implications for Feed Conversion Efficiency and Livestock Health

Synopsis

  • We can control the weight of a mouse by manipulating its microbes, including using microbes from other species such as human.
  • Diet habits are known to have a significant impact in many species on the resilience of such microbiomes
  • Lots can be learn from human and mouse microbial models toward potential improvement of feed conversion efficiency and disease resistance
  • We will discuss how in the future we could potential prevent diseases in humans by plant based minimally processed diet and possible implications of this for livestock health.

15:00
Animal Microbiome: Small Scale Science, Large Scale Benefits

  • Matt Koci Associate Professor, NC State University

Synopsis

  • Exploring how animal health and nutrition are intrinsically linked with microbial diversity
  • How to manipulate the microbiome to enhance disease resistance
  • A working model and mechanism of probiotics that stimulate a systemic immune system

15:40
Chair’s Closing Remarks

15:50
Close of Microbiome AgBioTech Summit